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Old 07-14-2005, 06:32 AM   #16
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:: imagines $10 Flyers tickets ::



Seriously, major-league hockey is simply cost-prohibitive for far too many people (to be fair, so are most professional major-league sports, with the possible exception of baseball). There's a reason that many hockey fans gave a collective to the lockout: particularly in Canada, it's much easier and cheaper to see good hockey on a junior, collegiate, minor league, or semipro level than it is to save one's pennies for 6 months to see an NHL game. As a lot of you know, come October-April (and hopefully May-June, too!), I live and die with my backyard AHL team, where cheap seats are $12 (still not what you'd call cheap, really, but within the realm of possibility for an average family to go more than once or twice in a season). And the only reason I much cared about the lockout was because I knew if it went on indefinitely, eventually the minor leagues would suffer too.

Moral of the story: swallow your pride and greed, owners, and offer maybe something like Sunday games for cheap prices. The NHL collectively (because all parties bear part of the blame) has been screwing hockey fans over for years. Time to own up to it and make the game more democratically accessible.
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Old 07-14-2005, 08:11 AM   #17
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I admit I was excited when I heard this yesterday but yeah, it'll be interesting how this "new NHL" pans out and if the fans flock back.


Not sure if I'll be able to afford a Wings game, though... The last time I went was a playoff game in 1998!
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Old 07-14-2005, 01:34 PM   #18
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That would make too much sense.

That's not how we do viable business. Expansion requires no economic or rational logic.

*faeces-filled grin.

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Old 07-15-2005, 07:22 PM   #19
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THe Caps held their rookie camp this week in town.

THey all flew back home to the outermost reaches of Canada this afternoon...I got to meet former North Star (and Flame, I thing...or was it the Oilers?) Brian Maclellan...good to see that he still lives in Minneapolis despite his job title with the Caps. I look forward to seeing him a lot in ym area (the Hershey Bears moved affiliation from the Avs to the Caps).
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Finally-It seems like years since The Mighty Leafs have gotten my hopes up, only to rip my heart out.....I guess it has been years
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Old 07-16-2005, 01:06 PM   #21
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make your own draft order

only took me about 50 tries before it 'worked'.
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Old 07-16-2005, 09:37 PM   #22
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I'm just so excited....Game On!!!!
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Old 07-21-2005, 01:59 PM   #23
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The NHLPA RAD-ified the deal.



Remaining approval from the owners is just a formality (seeing as it is essentially the NHL brass' deal). For those forum members who disliked the dominance of hockey threads before... my sympathies for the months to come.

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For those forum members who disliked the dominance of hockey threads before... my sympathies for the months to come.

Woohoo, bring it on!! We`ve got a year to catch up on!!

Go Habs!!!
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eh, hockey went down the tubes once the Whalers left Hartford.
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i don't care , even if the bruins roster will be full of rookies and no superstars , just play the game and show it on freakin tv
even better then real thing
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I had Little Caesar's pizza for lunch today. Go Wings!
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Ping Pong balls!

Who wins Crosby????

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